Specsavers graduates published in prestigious journal

Three Specsavers graduates and Flinders University alumni, along with a fourth colleague have recently been published in Pharma and Optometry Australia’s official journal, Clinical and Experimental Optometry. 

Alexandra Coffey from Specsavers Norwood, Emily Hutton from Specsavers Mildura, and Louise Combe from Specsavers Clare, along with Pooja Bhindi who works for Innovative Eye Care in Adelaide, developed the paper as part of a final project for their Master of Optometry degree at Flinders University. Inspiration for the review came from an article that focused on the clinical application of anterior segment optical coherence tomography.

The group’s paper was a literature review, providing insight into the use of optical coherence tomography angiography in a primary eye care setting. It introduces optical coherence tomography angiography in the optometry setting explaining how it works, as well as its limitations.

The team provided a review of various ocular conditions which impact on the vasculature of the eye and the evidence surrounding their diagnosis with optical coherence tomography angiography. They also created a clinically-useful table to serve as a guideline of the optical coherence tomography angiography parameters impacted by the reviewed conditions.

The group says they are extremely honoured to have their work published in such a well-renowned scientific journal and for all of the positive publicity it has received, including the recent summary in Pharma.

“We feel incredibly grateful for all the support we received throughout our project, including the support both during our Master of Optometry degree, and even after we had completed our official university studies. A special mention to our supervisors Paul Constable and Demi Gertig for helping us edit and prepare the article for submission,” they say.

The group met at Flinders University in 2015 and gradually became friends throughout their degree. This project cemented their friendship, with the group even taking a trip to Port Lincoln to see an optometry practice that had been using optical coherence tomography angiography in their daily practice.

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